On Tuesday 25 June, Debbie Abrahams MP led a 90-minute debate titled ‘Improving the lives of people with dementia’ in Westminster Hall. Among the MPs in attendance was Caroline Dinenage, the Minister of State for Health and Social Care.
This debate was the first to focus on dementia in three years. The event was crucial in raising awareness of dementia research among MPs.
Our Campaigners did a brilliant job of encouraging their MPs to get on board. We spoke with MPs beforehand about the importance of investing in research to bring about life-changing new treatments for dementia.
What MPs said
We were delighted to see MPs from across the different parties speaking up for people living with dementia.While £269m are invested in cancer research, only £83.1m is invested in dementia research; Daniel Zeichner MP Click To Tweet It’s been estimated that dementia costs the UK economy £26bn a year, which is more than the cost of cancer, heart disease or stroke; Holly Lynch MP Click To Tweet The 2015 Challenge on Dementia that was mentioned was most welcome but does not go far enough and I look forward to hearing how the Minister might take that forward; Julie Cooper MP Click To Tweet
Help spread the word
The debate was a great opportunity to raise awareness of dementia research in parliament, but we still need your help to make sure dementia research is a political priority.
Please email your MP and ask them to help increase investment in dementia research.